Archive for February 20th, 2008


A crocodile in Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is Located in the Northern Territory in Australia.  It is a superior park, but little known: a perfect location for remote adventures far away from civilization.  Solitude in its most pristine form.

The most famous “asset” of the park are the crocodiles.  The 15-foot beasts that have survived since the bygone days of the dinosaurs.  They now stil laze in the undisturbed rivers in the Kakadu National Park. 

The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural wonders as well as the 5,000 ancient rock paintings of the Aborigines in the rock caves.  Some of these paintings can be as old as 25,000 years. 

Camping and hiking is very popular.  To avoid the flood waters of the rainy season, you may wish to travel here from April to October.  Either way, this park is a great place to go for pristine wilderness and history.


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This monolithic rock is the largest in the world.  It is truly a great place to visit.  It was, and still is the spiritual center for the ancient Aborigines.  The Aborigines are the first people to have seen the great, red rock, possibly as far back as 20,000 years ago.  The rock is also known as Uluru or “Giant Pebble,” in the native tongue.  Sunrise and sunset is a must-see in this part of the world. 

The rock rises 1,142 feet up into the air and has a 5 mile circumference.  The otherwise featureless plain is also a great place to see the native wildlife, including the famous kangaroo. 

Climbing is not prohibited, but is quietly discouraged by the Aborigines as a result of the religious significance of the site.  There is a 511 square mile park surrounding the rock in which hiking, trekking, and camping is extremely popular.  The best times to travel here is from March to May and September to November, or during the dry season.   

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The Great Pyramids of Giza

 The Great Pyramids of Giza in Cairo, Egypt have embodied the ancient world ever since they were discovered by the western world.  Their mystery have captivated millions of people including Napoleon and Churchill.  You too should experience these amazing structures.

The Khufu Pyramid or Great Pyramid is the largest in the world.  It was built around 2500 B.C.  with nearly two-and-a-half-million limestone bricks.  These bricks each weigh two-and-three-quarter tons!  Naturally, a huge work force, one of 20,000 slaves and workers, was required to build this pyramid.  There are also two smaller pyramids and the Sphinx (a figure with a man’s head and cat’s body.  Each night the sunset brings the pyramids alive and paints them an eerie blood red color. 

You can take a camel, a ship of the desert, up to the very base of the pyramids.  The Archaeological Museum of Cairo is also unmatched for mummy and ancient Egyptian artifacts.  It is a must-see for any history buff.

Unfortunately, urban sprawl has accompanied the influx of tourists.  There is only the benefit that lodgings are easy to find.  Although the Pyramids are still essentially untouched, the land surrounding the structures and the Nile River are filled in with slums and cities.  The best time to visit here is from November to March.  Despite this, the experience of seeing the grand Pyramids is absolutely an essential check-off for travellers. 

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